WASHINGTON — EPA announced that up to $600,000 will be provided in training and technical assistance to help water utilities in more than 20 communities strengthen their climate change readiness and resilience, according to a press release.

Wastewater, stormwater and drinking water utilities will participate in a multiyear program to help prepare for potential impacts from climate change, stated the release.

The release reported that the communities will receive technical assistance in using EPA’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool, software helping users identify threats, assets and adaption options to help lower risk from climate change.

Potential challenges include: Intense, frequent storms, droughts, flooding, changes to water quality and rises in sea levels, noted the release.

“Climate change isn’t a distant threat — it is already impacting communities across the country,” said EPA’s Office of Water Deputy Assistant Administrator Ken Kopocis. “EPA is helping water utilities plan for and adapt to these challenges to ensure that they continue to meet their public health and environmental missions no matter what circumstances may arise in the future.”

Read the entire release here.